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Old 04-16-2013, 11:35 AM   #15
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It's very easy to make it hinged at the top. It only takes two tywrap. I'll post tonight.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:45 AM   #16
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I originally used plastic tie wraps at the top to hinge my rock guard but I had a couple fail so I switched to using a very small metal hose clamp - after 4 years of use its still good.

Photo of the top of rock guard hinge with hose clamp & the rock guard in up position using the set up that Joy posted:
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:35 PM   #17
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I replaced mine with 100 watt solar panel. It hasn't even gotten a bug on it when traveling, as my Lifted Jeep is as tall as the trailer, and so is my Dodge truck with fiberglass cap. It is rated to withstand golf ball hail at 50 mph.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:43 PM   #18
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Cool idea - I often use mine to put my solar panel up on top of. Size is just right and people dont even notice it there but it keeps the panel up and off the ground and no risk of being knocked over (although I do have a stand for it).
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:21 PM   #19
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Please forgive me, I lead a sheltered Trillium life. I thought all rock guards were awnings.
It was news to me, too, David! My old Shasta has the same setup as the Trillium, too, so I guess I thought everyone did it.

On that note:

I'd bet one could find the sliding arm/hinge setup on many old scrapped-out trailers and retrofit to a Scamp so that the whole thing stows the way ours do.

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Old 04-16-2013, 03:48 PM   #20
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I'd bet one could find the sliding arm/hinge setup on many old scrapped-out trailers and retrofit to a Scamp so that the whole thing stows the way ours do.
Now that I look at it, I think I get it. The front window of Trilliums is square, on a flat section of fibreglass. This makes putting a hinge on the top of the window trivial. The Scamp has no such straight line to put a hinge on.
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You have it David, which is the reason you dont see the arm on Scamps rock guards. I number of people here over the years have mentioned trying to come up with something that works but so far I havent seen one with a hinge & arm posted here. Or their may have been one but I seem to recall the party made a totally custom rock guard with an inch or so of edge around it - something like what you have on the Trilliums.
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Today I tried a different approach. I took a 1/2" PVC pipe and split the ends, heated over the gas stove, and shaped the ends as shown in the pictures.

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The ends simply slip over the edge of the awning and over the belly band. I"ll seehow it stans up to wind though it appears very rigid. It would be possible to add a thumb screw thru the plastic against the bottom of the belly band.

I now a plastic wizard and plan to ask him if he'd consider making them if there were interest.
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:43 PM   #23
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Ginny completed two curtains today.

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This is a driver's side location. TV to left in corner.

This is 2 of the boxes from RV Widget Works that are on there way to me that I mentioned in an earlier post.

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Old 04-19-2013, 03:54 PM   #24
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The only change I made to Joy's version, is I don't screw on the caps to hold the PVC to the hinge hardware. I leave the PVC open at the top and have been known to use the openings for a US flag and a Oregon State flag. Easy way to display them! I've seen pictures where someone else did the same, used put solar yard lights in the openings.

Hey, Donna do what I did.....I drilled a hole in one of the caps so I can fly my U S flag. I did that so the gravel guard is secure to the trailer and can't be blown off by high winds. It will lift off if you don't have something holding it at the top of the PVC. I guess you haven't been out in the high wind like I have.
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Norm, can you give a close up of which end goes where on your PVC supports? I like the idea.
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The pipe 1/2" pvc and is 2 ft long. I created the flaps after cutting away unwanted plastic.

I then took the plastic and held it above the stove's gas flame until it softens, about 30 seconds and then bent it with pliers.

Once the basic bend is done it can be further shaped with your fingers and held until it hardens. This process can be repeated until you get it right.

A heat gun, torch, maybe even a hair dryer may be used. Keep it high enough so it doesn't burn.

For me it was a trial and error process.



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I used black tywraps to hold the top of the rock guard but I think Carol's approach of using small hose clamps is better. Tywraps eventually UV fail.
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This is 2 of the boxes from RV Widget Works that are on there way to me that I mentioned in an earlier post.
Speaking of Widget Works- it occurs to me that if someone came up with a template for WW, they could mold a crosspiece that follows the curve of the Scamp body while providing a flat surface for the mount of a piano hinge for the gravel guard.

And if one wanted to get all carried away, they could probably mold up side and bottom pieces, too, perhaps even providing for the stowage of the support arms you've made.

Of course, I don't know what kind of plastic they're using, or if it would be suitable for the application...


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